Sunday 14 February 2016


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Metallic Hardcore / Math Metal / Doom / Death Metal
Related artistsRemembering Never, Dark Castle, All That's Left, Khann and Meridian Dawn.
CountryFort Lauderdale, Florida USA
Years Active2001-2009 (2012 reunion)
Song: "Century I"
Album: "Means By Which the End is Justified"
Year: 2003
For fans ofThe Minor TimesUnearth, Psyopus, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Engineer, Achilles, The Ocean, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Norma Jean, The Chariot, Llynch, Between The Buried And Me, The End and The Red Chord.
Label(s): Lovelost Records / Metal Blade Records / Фоно
This post's artist is from the November 2015 Mix. This is track #3.
You can download: the January Mix#1 right here or get the new February 2016 Mix#2 here.

INTO THE MOAT released three albums and I have a very different opinion about each one. To describe the INTO THE MOAT's sound via band comparison, it pretty much goes back and forth between The Minor Times/Unearth pummeling metalcore and then Psyopus/Between The Buried And Me's ridiculous time signatures and mathy noodling amidst jazzy interludes.

The early material from 2003 (aka 'Means By Which the End is Justified') if fucking stellar. Instrumentally this record isn't all that different from future recordings, but much like The Minor Times' first EP, the vocals are generally much screamier.

From 2005 onward the vocal focus is much deeper, albeit with more variance. 'The Design' sheds a lot of the hardcore and focuses almost primarily on the extremely heavy, nearly death metal sound, but still keep it very interesting with insane instrumentals and vocals that are able to break outside of the confinements of generic (and boring) death metal.

The final LP 'The Campaign' came out well after I was out of the metalcore/math-metal scene, so I've only listened to it once and it didn't really do anything for me. It's what I would have expected from the band and I'm sure it was a classic for long time fans of the band, but I have been in a different place musically since 2006 or so regarding this style of music.

I don't love the band by any stretch of the imagination, but they definitely hold a place in my math-metal memory of days past, or some shit. Their early stuff was great like The Minor Times early material, and the their later stuff was passable like The End's final album.



2002 - Demo ???

2003 - Means by Which the End is Justified cdEP (stream/donate/download here)
2003 - Demo ???

2005 - The Design cdLP

2009 - The Campaign cdLP


(2003) INTO THE MOAT - "Century I" (from 'Means by Which the End is Justified')

(2003) INTO THE MOAT - "A Settling of Ways" (from 'Means by Which the End is Justified')

(2005) INTO THE MOAT - "Century II" (from 'The Design')

(2005) INTO THE MOAT - "Empty Shell" (from 'The Design') official music video

(2009) INTO THE MOAT - "The Last Century" (from 'The Campaign')


INTO THE MOAT additional links


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